Earth Sciences, B.S.

Requirements

Geological Sciences Core (18 credits)

Required Courses

GSCI 121The Dynamic Earth

3

or

GSCI 131Environmental Geoscience

3

or

GSCI 125The Dynamic Earth Laboratory

1

or

GSCI 135Environmental Geoscience Laboratory

1

or

GSCI 141Earth and Life History

3

GSCI 145Earth and Life History Laboratory

1

GSCI 221Mineralogy

4

GSCI 223Stratigraphy and Sedimentology

4

GSCI 290Field Methods in Geology

2

In addition, 2 to 4 credits from ESCI 460 or 4 credits from an external geology field camp approved by the Department Chair are required.

Geology Specialization

The Geology Specialization is designed for students planning a career as a professional geologist with government agencies (e.g. geological surveys), and geotechnical, mining, and energy industries. In addition, students will be prepared for graduate-level studies in geology or related fields.

Geological Sciences Core, plus 26 credits as follows:

A Minor is not required

GSCI 321Structural Geology

4

GSCI 322Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

4

GSCI 360Research Methods in the Geological Sciences

1

GSCI 424Geomorphology

4

In addition, 2-4 credits from GSCI 460 Senior Project or 4 credits from an external geology field camp approved by the Department Chair are required.

The remaining 7-9 credits will be selected from:
GSCI 425Glacial and Quaternary Geology

3

GSCI 431Introduction to Hydrogeology

4

GSCI 450Environmental and Engineering Geology

3

GSCI 350 Computer Methods in the Geological Sciences - 3 credits

GSCI 441 Environmental Geochemistry - 3 credits

GSCI 455 Energy Sciences and Technology - 3 credits

 

In addition, the following 24 credits are required:
CHEM 161General Chemistry

3

CHEM 162General Chemistry Laboratory

1

CHEM 201Foundations of Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

1

CHEM 260Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry

3

MATH 152Calculus I

4

MATH 221Calculus II

4

PHYS 125University Physics I

4

PHYS 126University Physics II

4

Environmental Geology Specialization

The Environmental Geology Specialization is designed for students planning a career as a professional geologist with government agencies (e.g. environmental protection), and environmental industries. In addition, students will be prepared for graduate-level studies in geology or related fields.

Geological Sciences Core plus 26 credits as follows:

A minor is not required.

GSCI 321Structural Geology

4

GSCI 360Research Methods in the Geological Sciences

1

GSCI 424Geomorphology

4

GSCI 431Introduction to Hydrogeology

4

GSCI 441 Environmental Geochemistry - 3 credits

In addition, 2-4 credits from GSCI 460 Senior Project or 4 credits from an external geology field camp approved by the Department Chair are required.

The remaining 5-7 credits will be selected from:
BIO 436Environmental Resources and Management

3

GSCI 425Glacial and Quaternary Geology

3

GSCI 450Environmental and Engineering Geology

3

GSCI 350 Computer Methods in the Geological Sciences - 3 credits

GSCI 455 Energy Science and Technology - 3 credits

Or other electives as selected in consultation with the student's advisor. 

In addition, the following 24 credits are required:
CHEM 161General Chemistry

3

CHEM 162General Chemistry Laboratory

1

CHEM 201Foundations of Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

1

CHEM 260Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry

3

MATH 152Calculus I

4

MATH 221Calculus II

4

PHYS 125University Physics I

4

PHYS 126University Physics II

4

Planetary Geology Specialization

The Planetary Geology Specialization is designed for students planning a career as a professional geologist with government agencies (e.g. NASA) or the remote sensing industry. In addition, students will be prepared for graduate-level studies in geology or related fields.

Geological Sciences Core, plus 26 Credits as follows:

A minor is not required.

AST 208Planetary Astronomy

4

or

AST 209Stellar and Galactic Astronomy

4

AST 278Observational Astronomy

4

AST 378Comparative Planetology

3

GSCI 360Research Methods in the Geological Sciences

1

GSCI 424Geomorphology

4

In addition, 2-4 credits from GSCI 460 Senior Project or 4 credits from an external geology field camp approved by the Department Chair are required.

The remaining 6-8 credits will be chosen from:
AST 418Astrophysics

3

AST 470Extrasolar Planets and Astrobiology

3

AST 478Planetary Image Analysis

3

GSCI 321Structural Geology

4

GSCI 322Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

4

GSCI 350 Computer Methods in the Geological Sciences - 3 credits

Or other electives as selected in consultation with the student's advisor.

In addition, the following 24 credits are required:
CHEM 161General Chemistry

3

CHEM 162General Chemistry Laboratory

1

CHEM 201Foundations of Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

1

CHEM 260Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry

3

MATH 152Calculus I

4

MATH 221Calculus II

4

PHYS 125University Physics I

4

PHYS 126University Physics II

4

General Earth Science Specialization

The General Earth Science Specialization is designed for students who want to study geological sciences, but who are not intending to work as professional geologists. This degree is appropriate for someone interested in pursuing a liberal arts education with a less rigorous course of study in geological sciences and supporting sciences. Thus, students are allowed more flexibility for additional courses that complement their goals. This Specialization is appropriate for students planning a career in public policy relating to earth science issues, earth-science education, resource management, museum/observatory management, science journalism, library science, technical writing, or business.

Geological Sciences Core, plus 18 Credits as follows:

A minor is not required.

GSCI 129Introduction to Meteorology

4

The remaining 14 credits will be selected from AST or GSCI at the 200 level or above in consultation with the student's advisor.

In addition, the following 22-24 credits are required:
CHEM 161General Chemistry

3

CHEM 162General Chemistry Laboratory

1

CHEM 201Foundations of Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

1

and

CHEM 260Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry

3

or

BIO 121General Biology I

4

MATH 152Calculus I

4

or

MATH 119Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry

4

or

MATH 124Applied Calculus with Trigonometry

4

or

MATH 115Trigonometry

3

MATH 221Calculus II

4

or

MATH 125Applied Calculus

3

or

MATH 116Pre-Calculus Mathematics

3

or

STAT 104Elementary Statistics

3

PHYS 125University Physics I

4

or

PHYS 121General Physics I

4

PHYS 126University Physics II

4

or

PHYS 122General Physics II

4

Environmental Earth Science Specialization

The Environmental Earth Science Specialization is designed for students who want to study geological sciences with an environmental focus. but who are not intending to work as professional geologists. This degree is appropriate for someone interested in pursuing a liberal arts education with a less rigorous course of study in geological sciences and supporting sciences. Thus, students are allowed more flexibility for additional courses that complement their goals. This Specialization is appropriate for students planning a career in public policy relating to environmental issues, environmental education, resource management, business (environmental consulting), environmental hazards, environmental law, or environmental medicine.

Geological Sciences Core, plus 18 Credits as follows:

A minor is not required.

GSCI 129Introduction to Meteorology

4

The remaining 14 credits will be selected from:
GSCI 424Geomorphology

4

GSCI 425Glacial and Quaternary Geology

3

GSCI 431Introduction to Hydrogeology

4

GSCI 450Environmental and Engineering Geology

3

BIO 132Introductory Ecology

3

BIO 434Ecology of Inland Waters

4

BIO 436Environmental Resources and Management

3

BIO 438Aquatic Pollution

4

CHEM 406Environmental Chemistry

3

CHEM 456Toxicology

3

GSCI 350 Computer Methods in the Geological Sciences - 3 credits

GSCI 441 Environmental Geochemistry - 3 credits

GSCI 455 Energy Science and Technology - 3 credits

In addition, the following 22-24 credits are required:
CHEM 161General Chemistry

3

CHEM 162General Chemistry Laboratory

1

CHEM 201Foundations of Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

1

and

CHEM 260Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry

3

or

BIO 121General Biology I

4

MATH 152Calculus I

4

or

MATH 124Applied Calculus with Trigonometry

4

or

MATH 119Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry

4

or

MATH 115Trigonometry

3

MATH 221Calculus II

4

or

MATH 125Applied Calculus

3

or

MATH 116Pre-Calculus Mathematics

3

or

STAT 104Elementary Statistics

3

PHYS 125University Physics I

4

or

PHYS 121General Physics I

4

PHYS 126University Physics II

4

or

PHYS 122General Physics II

4

A minor is not required.